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Don’t let your old bikes go to waste if you get a new one this Christmas

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If you’re lucky enough to find a brand new bike under your Christmas tree, don’t let your old one go to waste – why not donate it to Yorkshire Bank Bike Libraries so someone else can benefit from it?

The award-winning Yorkshire Bank Bike Library scheme has one simple aim: to give every child in Yorkshire access to a bike, for free.

The project asks for anyone with an old or unwanted bike to hand them in at one of 62 donation stations across the county.

The bikes are repaired if necessary and then made available to borrow completely free of charge from one of the bike libraries all over Yorkshire.

So, if Father Christmas brought you or someone you know a bike this year, make someone else’s year by donating your old one to the Yorkshire Bank Bike Library scheme.

On 12th December the Yorkshire Bank Bike Library scheme celebrated its third birthday – and in the short time since it launched it’s gone from strength to strength – with over 60 donation stations and almost 50 bike libraries in place.

Sir Gary Verity, Chief Executive of Welcome to Yorkshire, said: “It’s amazing that the Yorkshire Bank Bike Library scheme benefits so many children across the county. But what’s just as fantastic to see is how many generous Yorkshire people have got behind the project and donated a bike.

“So far, over 5,500 bikes have been donated which is incredible – thank you to everyone who has got involved. I’m sure there will be lots of lucky children finding a new bike under the Christmas tree this year. Don’t let your old bike go to waste – let someone new love your old bike!”

Helen Page, Group Innovation & Marketing Director at Yorkshire Bank, said: “It is so inspiring to see what the Yorkshire Bank Bike Libraries has achieved in these three years and we are determined to keep momentum moving into 2018.

“We would not have been able to achieve what we have without the fantastic support from the local communities within Yorkshire and ask that people continue to support the project this Christmas.”

The Yorkshire Bank Bike Library scheme became the first UK project to win a Peace and Sport Award last week at a ceremony in Monaco.

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Sewa Day blood donation drive

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SEWA DAY: Donors at the last Sewa Day National Blood Donation Drive in Preston

SEWA DAY: Donors at the last Sewa Day National Blood Donation Drive in Preston

 

Bradford charity launch campaign to encourage Asian blood and organ donors

Did you know, that around 14% of the population of England are black or South Asian but less than 3% of people who have given blood in the last twelve months are from these communities.

Now a Bradford-based charity is on a relentless mission to change the lack of Asian blood donors and has partnered up with NHS Blood & Transplant services for ‘Sewa Day.’

Coming together to raise awareness of the shortage of Asian blood types donating blood, they hope to encourage more people to get involved taking up regular donation when possible.

The number of patients from South Asian communities on the transplant waiting list are exceptionally high, yet are hugely under-represented on NHS Organ Donor Register.

Speaking to Asian Express, Theo Clarke, National BAME (Black, Asian, Minority, Ethnic) Manager at NHS Blood and Transplant said: “We are very grateful that Sewa Day is working with us to help save more lives.

“South Asian patients wait longer than white patients for transplants as there are not enough suitable organs available.

“By joining the NHS Organ Donor Register and sharing your decision with your families you could save up to nine lives, if you are able to donate after your death. By becoming a blood donor, you can save up to three lives every time you donate.”

In the ancient Indian language of Sanskrit, Sewa means selfless service and on Sewa Day  individuals, voluntary groups, schools, and companies are encouraged to commit their time to doing a good deed with an aim of making a positive difference to someone else’s happiness, quality of life and prosperity.

Bharat Vadukul, Sewa Day Chairman told Asian Express: “When people from South Asian communities find out they may have rare blood and tissue types, I’m sure they will want to do everything they can to help save lives.

“There are many South Asian people who actively donate blood but we need more. I urge people to find out if they can donate blood, register online at www.organdonation.nhs.uk and to join the NHS Organ Donor Register. One day it could be someone you love who needs an organ transplant or a blood transfusion.”

In order to give people more information Sewa Day are running two Donor Drive events happening soon, the first on 30th March and then a second event on 30th April.


Sewa Day Donor Drive

30th March at the Bradford Blood donor Centre 11 Rawson Street, Bradford BD1 3SH

30th April at Shelf Village Hall, HX3 7NT

You can also join the NHS Organ Donor Register or become a new blood donor by calling 0300 123 23 23.


 

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£20,000 coach donation gets pupils moving outside the classroom

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BRAND NEW: The minibus will replace the ‘run down’ former vehicle

BRAND NEW: The minibus will replace the ‘run down’ former vehicle

This school means bus-iness

Children at a special educational needs school in Knaresborough have been given an extra ‘drive’ to succeed this month after a brand new mini bus pulled up on their playground.

The £20,000 vehicle was donated by local businessman, Mahmood Mazhar, and will help children at The Forest School with all their transportation needs.

Organised in partnership with ‘Variety, the Children’s Charity’, pupils, staff and dignitaries were in attendance on Friday 23rd September for the official ribbon cutting.

Upon the donation of the ‘Sunshine Coach’, Mr Mazhar, of Core Telecom commented: “I’m delighted to have been able to work with both ‘Variety, the Children’s Charity’, and The Forest School to provide such a valuable service. I thoroughly look forward to our support benefitting both the students and staff.

“I’m passionate about making a difference to inspirational organisations and improving the lives of individuals who rely on them.”

HANDS UP: Children celebrate the arrival of their new bus

HANDS UP: Children celebrate the arrival of their new bus

The Forest school currently caters for 108 pupils who suffer from moderate to severe learning difficulties, Autism, Epilepsy, communication difficulties and other complex medical conditions.

The new 17-seater mini bus comes fully equipped with a tail lift to allow for wheelchair access and will replace the previous model which had been ‘driven to its limits’.

It will be utilised to provide invaluable experiences such as Duke of Edinburgh expeditions, training visits, sporting events and residential visits to outdoor activity centres.

The Mayor of Knaresborough, Bill Rigby, was present at the official unveiling alongside Town Crier, Roger Hewitt, who rang his bell and declared the bus as now belonging to The Forest School.

Headteacher, Peter Hewitt, thanked The Variety Club and Core Telecom for their support and explained how the bus would benefit the learning opportunities for all pupils.

ON THE MOVE: Mahmood Mazhar hands over the keys to the new minibus to The Forest School headteacher, Peter Hewitt

ON THE MOVE: Mahmood Mazhar hands over the keys to the new minibus to The Forest School headteacher, Peter Hewitt

He added: “Out of school visits would not be possible without us having our own specialist transport.

The students go to various and wide ranging activities during the school day, after school and during the school holidays.

“It is vital that our children have ‘real-life’ learning experiences. For example, learning about money in the classroom is great but there is no better place to learn such things than at the local supermarket and shops.

“We are so grateful to Core Telecom and Variety, The Children’s Charity, for supporting us in this way. By providing us with a new minibus they have made a significant difference to the learning and lives of our pupils.”

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Ticking off the wish list: Presents galore for Bradford hospital’s youngest patients

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CHARITABLE ACT: A host of interactive sensory toys were donated by the HRF following their Christmas Appeal

CHARITABLE ACT: A host of interactive sensory toys were donated by the HRF following their Christmas Appeal

Donations from an international aid charity based in Bradford will help to brighten the lives of sick children.

Representatives from the Human Relief Foundation (HRF) visited Bradford Royal Infirmary’s three paediatric wards on Thursday 5th May to hand over the delivery of additional specialist toys which were raised during their annual Christmas Appeal.

The gifts were on a wish-list for when the new children's services and wards open at Bradford Royal Infirmary's new £28m wing later this year.

Interactive sensory toys, some of which are musical, were trialled on one of the wards two years ago and proved such a hit with patients and children with special needs that the charity stepped in to buy more.

Hayley Collis, Bradford Hospitals Children's Charity Fundraiser, said: “We identified an additional need to buy more toys given that our poorly babies, toddlers and younger children with special needs really appreciated the distraction that they brought.

“Play offers much comfort to children who are sick or in distress as it is a very therapeutic tool for a child’s recovery or rehabilitation, particularly when they spend a long time in hospital.

“Specialist toys likes these can also be crucial in helping children reach developmental goals and to cope with their feelings of anxiety, especially before and after surgery.”

HRF President, Dr Nabeel Al Ramadhani, thanked members for their generous donations which had been made from across the country.

GENEROUS GIFTS: The Human Relief Foundation donated gifts to the Bradford Royal Infirmary on Thursday (clockwise, l-r) HRF’s Hasan Faridi, sister Ruth Tolley, HRF President Nabeel Ramadhani, HRF’s Muqaddus Khan and patient Malieka Azeem, aged six

GENEROUS GIFTS: The Human Relief Foundation donated gifts to the Bradford Royal Infirmary on Thursday (clockwise, l-r) HRF’s Hasan Faridi, sister Ruth Tolley, HRF President Nabeel Ramadhani, HRF’s Muqaddus Khan and patient Malieka Azeem, aged six

Dr Al Ramadhani added: “The motivation behind our Children’s Christmas Appeal was simple, to bring joy to children and relieve them from the suffering during their hard time of illness.

“We are proud to have worked in partnership with hospitals across the country for this campaign to share happiness and joy within our beloved communities.

"Throughout the campaign, our fundraisers sought different ways to raise these vital funds, including holding a Winter Walk from Bradford to Leeds in January.”

HRF's other branches also helped to raise money for toys at Birmingham Children’s Hospital, Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital and the Royal London Hospital.

Consultant paediatrician Dr Beccy Bardgett, commented: “We are incredibly grateful to the HRF and its volunteers for the fundraising efforts they have made for our Children’s Charity. Every penny goes towards making hospital stays that little bit more comfortable for our patients and their families.

“Play can provide valuable support to families, as well as siblings, and it can be used by doctors, nurses and other health professionals to observe a child and gain valuable clinical information.

“A huge thank-you as the donations really will make a difference.”

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Bringing a smile to children in hospital

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PRESENTS: The Auto Prestige team delivered gifts to Bradford Royal Infirmary’s children’s ward (pictured l-r) Arshad, Richard, Terri, Cath Piggott (hospital play specialist), and Kez

PRESENTS: The Auto Prestige team delivered gifts to Bradford Royal Infirmary’s children’s ward (pictured l-r) Arshad, Richard, Terri, Cath Piggott (hospital play specialist), and Kez

Gift donation is the ‘right thing to do’ for local business

Spending Christmas in hospital is hard for any child, yet for young patients at one Bradford hospital, there are now at least some new gadgets to enjoy this festive season.

On Thursday 15th December, a team of generous gift givers pulled up outside the Bradford Royal Infirmary armed with gifts and treats for kids on Ward 17.

Donated from the Bradford-based Auto Prestige team, a number of Nintendo DS consoles and portable DVD players were handed over to the ward, alongside a host of toys, books and selection boxes.

Auto Prestige owner, Arshad Mahmood, was joined by four other representatives from the business on the day for the handover and described the work as ‘the right thing to do’.

“We don’t do this kind of work for anything other than to give back to the community...” he said.

“This year, we asked the ward exactly what the children would want and that is why we have brought down the DVD players and Nintendos.

“Hopefully it will help give the kids something to smile about and they can enjoy themselves whilst in hospital.”

GIFTS: Alongside the toys and gadgets, books were also donated to the hospital last week

GIFTS: Alongside the toys and gadgets, books were also donated to the hospital last week

As well as the thoughtful presents, the Auto Prestige team also made a monetary donation to the Phab charity which supports children and adults with and without disabilities to make more of their lives.

Cath Piggott, Hospital Play Specialist at the BRI, thanked the team for their support.

“It’s absolutely wonderful to see these donations come in today,” she said. “The toys and DVD players will be used in the playroom and at the bedside meaning children will be able to play and be entertained whilst in bed.

“We really do appreciate the generosity of groups like this, especially at this time of year.”

It is not the first time Auto Prestige have donated gifts during the holiday seasons. Rrevious efforts have included handing over a bounty-load of chocolate treats to the Salvation Army during Easter this year.

 

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